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United Way grants $90,000 to Eagle County agencies

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EAGLE, Colorado – The United Way of Eagle River Valley has just completed its 2010 grant cycle and has awarded a total of $90,000 to a wide range of nonprofit agencies in the community.

Each year, the all-volunteer board raises funds under the nationally recognized brand of United Way to support the needs of our valley. All the money raised is given to only Eagle County charities. The board, which review grant requests annually, funds programs that have a defined and immediate impact on the community. Money from the United Way needs to be used for a program developed by an agency that can be measured.

This year the United Way in Eagle County raised more funds than last year and was able to give something to each agency that applied.

“Our philosophy is to try to help as many of the smaller agencies, who have more limited fund raising muscle, as possible,” said Tracy Tutag, board president. “Every little bit helps these agencies continue to put out much needed programs. A grant from the United Way can sometimes become a ‘seal of approval’ when seeking other sources of funding.”

The agencies who received a grant this year are: Red Ribbon Project, Gifted Education Team, Eagle River Youth Coalition, Literacy Project, Bright Future Foundation, SOS, Family Learning Center, Eagle Care Clinic, Think First, Vail Jazz, Salvation Army, Swift Eagle, VVCF, Eagle County Smiles, Samaritan Center, Wheels4Eagle, Bravo-Music Matters, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens School Programs, Eagle County Volunteer Center, Girl Scouts, Wild West Days, Catholic Charities, Vail Symposium, Celebrate Life, Vail Leadership Institute, Mountain Valley Development, Vail Rotary Children and Walking Mountains.